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Former Burnet High School athlete and ex-NFL receiver Jordan Shipley enjoys a laugh during the April 9 gathering of the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club. Shipley, who was the guest speaker, shared his football memories stretching back to his high school years and culminating with his professional career. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Former Burnet standout Jordan Shipley’s goal is to not be known for football

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — Jordan Shipley attributes his success in football to two unlikeliest objects: couch cushions. He recounted this story as a guest speaker during the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club gathering April 9. (more…)

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Marble Falls Youth Football registering kids to play in May 7-on-7 league

Marble Falls Youth Football registering kids to play in May 7-on-7 league

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — In Texas, anytime is a great time to play football, no matter its version, and that includes 7-on-7. (more…)

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Area football coaches going to school for new tackling technique requirements

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The goal of making football a safer sport prompted the University Interscholastic League and the Texas High School Coaches Association to examine if there’s a better way of tackling. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Cab Booth (seated, middle) signs his national letter of intent to play for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as his parents, Jim and Angela Booth (seated), Faith Academy athletics director Randy Denton (standing, left), head football coach Pete Rhoades, former Flames head coaches Stephen Shipley and Russ Roberts, and sister, Seri, look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy’s Cab Booth to play football at Mary Hardin-Baylor

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Cab Booth on Feb. 23 signed a National Letter of Intent to play college football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior defensive lineman Seth Carpenter (left) signs his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 16 to play college football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as parents Amanda and Brian Carpenter look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet’s Seth Carpenter to play football for Mary Hardin-Baylor

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — In signing his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 16, Burnet High School senior defensive lineman Seth Carpenter kept intact the family tradition of playing college sports. (more…)

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The Burnet-Marble Falls football series will continue in 2018 and 2019. The two teams agreed to play each other in week two of the season. Burnet has won the past three consecutive meetings and leads the overall series 52-41-10. The two teams will see some changes in their districts starting next season after the UIL announced realignment Feb. 1. File photo

UIL has changes (and surprises) for Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano sports districts

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League revealed several surprises during its realignment announcements Feb. 1 for new districts beginning with the 2018-19 school year that affect Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano high schools.  (more…)

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Wood-carving master Bill Edwards (left) presents former college football coach Dennis Franchione with a 'Hand-Held Cross.' Edwards created the piece and gives one to each speaker of the Men of Faith gathering. Franchione was the guest speaker during the Jan. 9 gathering. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Coach Franchione speaks to Men of Faith about gaining strength after off-field losses

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — Being a college football coach, especially with programs such as the University of Alabama and Texas A&M University, can test a man’s faith. But for retired college coach and Horseshoe Bay resident Dennis Franchione, his biggest tests really had nothing to do with the gridiron. (more…)

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Ex-Mustang David Morgan ready for first NFL playoff game as Viking

Ex-Mustang David Morgan ready for first NFL playoff game as Viking

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MINNEAPOLIS — While most Texans were bundled up and staying indoors because of freezing temperatures last week, Marble Falls High School graduate David Morgan saw an opportunity to embrace the cold and a tradition of his new hometown of Minneapolis. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior receiver Sterling Galban (middle) throws up his guns after signing a National Letter of Intent on Dec. 20 to play for Texas Tech University. Parents Kim (to his left) and Dee (to his right) celebrate with him. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet’s Sterling Galban signs with Texas Tech; has chance to start

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — When Burnet High School senior receiver Sterling Galban committed to Texas Tech University to play football, he summed up the reason in four words. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School boys head soccer coach Rick Hoover (left) is taking over the role as the Marble Falls Independent School District athletic director while Mike Birdwell will remain the high school head football coach. Birdwell has served as the interim head football coach and athletic director since June. Hoover will remain the boys soccer coach. Courtesy photo

Hoover, Birdwell know Marble Falls sports success starts early

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — With their new roles in Marble Falls Independent School District athletics laid out before them,  athletic director Rick Hoover and high school head football coach Mike Birdwell are ready to get down to business. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School boys head soccer coach Rick Hoover (left) is taking over the role as the Marble Falls Independent School District athletic director while Mike Birdwell will remain the high school head football coach. Birdwell has served as the interim head football coach and athletic director since June. Hoover will remain the boys soccer coach. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls boys soccer coach Rick Hoover named athletic director

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — In a state where American football rules, Marble Falls Independent School District has kicked the athletic director position over to the other football. MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen named Marble Falls High School boys head soccer coach Rick Hoover to the spot. Mike Birdwell, who has been serving as […]

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Marble Falls High School will continue playing football in Class 5A Division I next season but won't know in what district until the UIL announces them Feb. 6. Photo by Martelle Luedecke

Highland Lakes schools remain in same UIL classes; districts announced in February 2018

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — There were no big surprises for local high schools Dec. 6 when the University Interscholastic League released the classification cutoff numbers. Those numbers will be used in the upcoming realignment. On Feb. 6, the UIL will announce the district in which public high schools will compete for the […]

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Llano football legend, former NFL player Ken Gray dies at 81

Llano football legend, former NFL player Ken Gray dies at 81

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — The man who set the standard for Llano High School offensive linemen died Nov. 25. Kenneth Don Gray, a 1954 graduate of the high school, went on to play professionally for the Chicago and St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Oilers from 1958-1970. He was inducted into the Texas […]

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Crystal City knocks off Llano on receiver’s two late TD catches

Crystal City knocks off Llano on receiver’s two late TD catches

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO SAN ANTONIO — In less than three minutes, the Llano High School football team’s apparent playoff victory turned into defeat Nov. 17. (more…)

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Burnet’s Michael Rodriguez goes nose to nose with Waco La Vega’s Alex Gomez during the game Nov. 10. The Pirates capped off a perfect regular season with the 63-3 win over the Bulldogs. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Waco La Vega captures district title with 63-3 win over Burnet

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — The visiting Waco La Vega Pirates showed why they are one of the top-ranked 4A teams in the state and, now, the District 13-4A Division I champions as they routed the Burnet Bulldogs 63-3 on Nov. 10. (more…)

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Marble Falls's Dillon Mayberry dives for extra yards during the Mustangs' 35-14 loss to Dripping Springs on Nov. 10. Photo by Luedecke Photography

Mustangs fall to district champ Dripping Springs 35-14

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team ended the 2017 season with a 35-14 district loss to Dripping Springs on Nov. 10. (more…)

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Llano High School senior running back Ben Walling has 539 yards and three touchdowns on 91 carries and 47 yards passing on six completions during the regular season. The Yellow Jackets are off this week and waiting to see who they’ll play in the first game of the postseason next week. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano preparing for first-round foe on bye week

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — The Llano High School football team got the win it needed to secure the No. 3 spot in District 13-4A Division II and a playoff berth. Now, the Yellow Jackets are taking a much-needed bye before starting postseason play next week. (more…)

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Burnet’s Ian Carter finds running room during the Bulldogs’ game against the Lampasas Badgers on Nov. 3. The Bulldogs end their season at home Nov. 10 against District 13-4A Division I champion Waco La Vega. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet faces district champion Waco La Vega in last game

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — The Burnet High School football team hosts District 13-4A Division I champion Waco La Vega to end its regular season Friday, Nov. 10. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School senior defensive back Bryce Murphy and the Mustangs have been solid on that side of the ball for the past several weeks. The Mustangs will face their toughest test when they host Dripping Springs on Friday, Nov. 10. Photo by Luedecke Photography

Marble Falls ends season against undefeated Dripping Springs

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team will end its season against an opponent other District 26-5A coaches say is a bar above the rest in the division. (more…)

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David Morgan talks NFC North-leading Vikings, British fans, and winning mentality

David Morgan talks NFC North-leading Vikings, British fans, and winning mentality

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Minnesota tight end David Morgan took advantage of the NFL team’s bye week to say hello to his hometown of Marble Falls. (more…)

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Burnet’s Ian Carter finds running room during the Bulldogs’ game against the Lampasas Badgers on Nov. 3. The Badgers won 51-35. Burnet closes out the season on Friday, Nov. 10, when they host Waco La Vega. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet can’t overcome early Lampasas lead in 51-35 district loss

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON LAMPASAS — The Lampasas Badgers jumped out to a 23-6 lead in the first half and despite a valiant effort by the Burnet Bulldogs in the second half, the initial Lampasas lead was too much to overcome as the Badgers went on to win, 51-35. (more…)

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Late Lockhart score gives Lions 28-24 district win over Marble Falls

Late Lockhart score gives Lions 28-24 district win over Marble Falls

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LOCKHART — Going into the contest against Lockhart, Marble Falls High School interim head football coach Mike Birdwell said the Lions were better than their winless District 26-5A record. (more…)

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Llano High School’s new turf-covered multipurpose facility gets first ‘workout’

Llano High School’s new turf-covered multipurpose facility gets first ‘workout’

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Llano High School athletes now have an edge on their opponents: the school’s new multipurpose building. The Yellow Jackets football team had their first official practice in the artificial turf-covered facility Nov. 2. (more…)

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Llano High School senior lineman Ray Dixon and the Yellow Jackets are looking to end the regular season with a victory against Bandera and leave no doubt about advancing to the playoffs. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

UPDATE: Llano beats Bandera 54-20, clinches spot in playoffs

UPDATE: The Llano Yellow Jackets football team beat Bandera 54-20 in a District 13-4A Division II contest. The win clinches a playoff spot for Llano.   STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — Despite earning a big 30-24 road win in Hondo last week, Llano High School head football coach Matt Green said the Yellow Jackets […]

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The Burnet Bulldogs are on the road against the Lampasas Badgers on Nov. 3. Both teams are looking for their first District 13-4A Division I win. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

On the road against Lampasas, Burnet still looking for first district win

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — The Burnet High School football team is seeking its first District 13-4A Division I victory this season against a team with one of the best home-field advantages in the Highland Lakes. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School defense has played well during the first halves of the past two contests: Kerrville Tivy on Oct. 20 and Seguin on Oct. 27. The Mustangs will need to continue that trend Nov. 3 against Lockhart, which looks to control the clock and keep the Marble Falls offense on the sideline. Photo by Luedecke Photography

Marble Falls rides district win into contest against run-heavy Lockhart

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team travels to Lockhart on a winning high. The Mustangs (3-5, 1-4 District 26-5A) defeated Seguin 35-21 last week to end an 11-game district losing streak. Now, they will try to win two district contests in the same year for the first […]

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